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#561 DWB

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Posted 14 July 2019 - 12:54 PM

The jungle is a whole different world for pests compared to my usual 30 pot pepper garden. In fact, I have no pest problems in my usual garden place by the house where I have all my mother plants and a whole bunch more. 20 pots and a row of bales. Life was simple when all I had to worry about was the occasional tomato hornworm. All I ever used before was a duster full of DE. Now I'm amassing a freakin' arsenal.

 

I guess it's about time I started paying closer attention. I've been really concerned about the stink bugs but there's a whole lot more going on out there than that.

 

Whenever I pick or do anything else with the plants, I also have an extra bucket with me where I put anything that's not perfect. A week ago I started dumping all the waste fruit in a 15 gallon "tea" bucket rather than the usual household compost pile. I also dumped bunch of very old bulk herbs I needed to get rid of and fed the bucket some nitrogen and some water.

 

It didn't take long to see crews of slugs climbing up the side of the bucket. I'm assuming they were responsible for some of the more rotted tomatoes. I ordered me some slug bait which should be here soon.

 

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Now I've become interested in what is actually inside damaged fruit. I found an earwig in a tomato today. The armyworms are an ongoing problem even though I've sprayed with BT or Spinosad fairly regularly. I haven't paid much attention to what makes the holes in some of the pepper pods so I started looking in there, too. Today I found a big ol' armyworm all fat and happy inside a reaper pod. I need to pick it up with the BT and soap spraying. As I mentioned earlier, I bought me a gallon of Southern Ag BT for cheap so I can make it rain BT. I found some eggs under a leaf last weekend and thought they were stinker eggs. Nope. I looked today and they hatched armyworms.

 

I found one of these today but can't find another. I've never actually seen an aphid before but I'm wondering if this may be an aphid. Bad picture with my phone because of the wind and the critter being lively and the fact I'm not worth a hoot at taking one-handed pictures with a phone. If you click the pic and scroll it zooms in bigtime but it's still a lousy picture. Sorry. I'm hunting another one I can actually get into the house and take a pic with the Nikon.

 

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Posted 14 July 2019 - 02:47 PM

That looks like, as PaulG would say, "a little Jimminy Cricket."

 

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I just leave them be.

 

 

PS.  Those things crawling around the bucket don't look like slugs to me.  They have legs.  :shocked:



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Posted 14 July 2019 - 02:58 PM

It seems the more you grow, the more you have to share. :crazy: That and you created a saaweeet habitat for them with all that goodness you have in the garden...

 

I'm thinking the longer one grows in the same place the more the "eaters" settle in and rev up their game. This is one reason why I'm already pulling plants. I do have enough produce :dance:

 

The leaf footed leaf hoppers come in this time of year and pretty much ruin everything anyways...like 60-75% of ripe peppers this time of the year. So I like to starve them..LOL

 

Good luck!

 

 


It's all about the pods....


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Posted 14 July 2019 - 03:47 PM

That looks like, as PaulG would say, "a little Jimminy Cricket."

 

http://thehotpepper....moar/?p=1636585

 

I just leave them be.

 

 

PS.  Those things crawling around the bucket don't look like slugs to me.  They have legs.  :shocked:

 

 

Good point CD. I guess I don't see so well anymore. It also may explain why I haven't caught any slugs in my beer traps ;)  I wonder if they really made it into the tea bucket inside the tomatoes? I first saw them climbing up the side the day after I started dumping defective tomatoes in there.

 

Edit: Yes, they, whatever they are, did arrive in the tomatoes. I gloved up and cut open a few more of those stinkers I fished out of the soup. I found two that were dead and two that were alive inside of tomatoes. One of them was white. I also found two more live earwigs inside of tomatoes

 

I remember that picture you posted. I thought it was wild because the antennae were so much longer than the cricket itself.

 

It seems the more you grow, the more you have to share. :crazy: That and you created a saaweeet habitat for them with all that goodness you have in the garden...

 

I'm thinking the longer one grows in the same place the more the "eaters" settle in and rev up their game. This is one reason why I'm already pulling plants. I do have enough produce :dance:

 

The leaf footed leaf hoppers come in this time of year and pretty much ruin everything anyways...like 60-75% of ripe peppers this time of the year. So I like to starve them..LOL

 

Good luck!

 

 

 

I think I've seen a couple of the leaf footed bugs but I wasn't able to capture one for ID.

 

I always harvest pods from my pepper pots up until I hack them back for the winter shelter. This year I didn't do it until mid-January and then needed 2 buckets to finish ripening  what was left on the branches. This year I'm definitely growing for huge volume so I gotta fight all these bastards. It's primetime pepper season for the next few months for me.


Edited by DWB, 14 July 2019 - 04:33 PM.


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Posted Yesterday, 01:41 AM

Those things crawling up the side of the bucket
look like Black Soldier Fly larva.

Yeah, maggots 🤢🤮

Also, the white thing is not an aphid. They have
fat abdomens. Maybe some kind of leaf hopper?

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Posted Yesterday, 06:51 AM

Thanks for that Paul. I believe that's what they are using several methods of confirmation. We do have BSF around here although I never knew what they are. We get one flying around in the house on occasion. It's also a relief to know these BSF are simply laying eggs in previously damaged tomatoes and it's not another pest I need to fight. I wonder if some of these escaping larvae will return home to the mother bucket for laying more eggs when I leave it uncovered?

 

I've never seen one of the other bugs. No idea what that is but happy to know it's not one of the dreaded aphids.


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Posted Yesterday, 01:48 PM

I did finally catch a slug. Two actually. One in this beer trap and a small one along with a big ol' earthworm in another.

 

I think my worst pepper pest for a while may be the armyworms. I went through everything today and didn't find a stink bug but found two more armyworms all nice and cozy inside of pods.

 

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Posted Yesterday, 01:58 PM

That sucks about the army worms, DW. 

 

The maggots will pupate and emerge as BSF adults,

which may very well possibly just decide to live in

your yuk pail!


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